Later today the UK queen will beat Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in British history.
I have mixed views on monarchy: it
seems to work here (at least with the current queen who is well
respected) and I cannot readily think who would be president if we were a
Yet somehow the idea of rank and privilege grates on me: why
should someone be queen just because her "line" is royal? No, I think
our queen has served us well, but I have mixed views on the monarchy as a
See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34177107 .